Patchouli, one of my favorite scents, is most often associated with Capricorn. It’s rich, earthy, and robust. Its lush, deep aroma always satisfies my senses. Patchouli became the signature scent of hippies a long time ago, so it’s frozen in time for many people and has become somewhat passe’, but I never tire of it.
Standing the test of time is a Saturn trait and I’m sure that patchouli will come around again in a Uranian guise as a trendy scent. Everything old is new again at some point. That’s how Saturn defeats his nemesis, Uranus. Nothing stays new for long. It either fades away or becomes tried and true.
I acquired a patchouli plant from my favorite herb farm this past summer ~ their last one. I took explicit instructions on how to overwinter it since it’s not native to my zone. It’s been so warm this winter, though, that I haven’t had to worry about it. Here’s a pic of my beloved plant ~ in bloom! ~ in January.
If you have the plant, try scattering a few leaves throughout a book you’re reading for an aromatic surprise when you turn to its page.
I read a tip somewhere to steep a few patchouli leaves in some warm water to fill the air with its scent. That didn’t work for me. They started to smell like turnip greens cooking which, if you’ve ever gotten a whiff of that aromatic bomb, isn’t especially “enticing,” imho. If you’re steeping, I suggest bypassing the leaves and using the essential oil instead.